Who knew a show about young kids doing crazy things in the wood of West Virginia to help pass the time would become such a focal point of weirdness? Buckwild is a reality show, from MTV, that only just started last year and was slated for a second season. Think of it as Jersey Shore but with rednecks. Just over a week ago one of the shows cast members, Shain Gandee, was found dead in an SUV supposedly while mudding. This prompted MTV to cancel the show's production completely and now plan on airing a special this weekend presumably to get that last ounce of viewership out of the controversy or maybe to actually discuss death, who knows?
Seems simple enough but then one of the shows producers spoke out The Hollywood Reporter saying, "This is the network that has shows about teen pregnancy. They'll stick by a show that allows you to abandon a child, but a kid dies by accident doing what he does for a living [mudding] and they cancel the show? There's something that smells of s--- here on every level.". According to the same producer the second season already had two new shows shot and were told the Friday before the cancellation announcement that the show would go on.
Definitely some harsh words from someone who gave MTV a hit show and then turns on them after this decision. I imagine MTV can probably go on and ignore the producers statement since most of their target audience won't be seeing it. It is a weird stance to stake and I doubt in the litany of reality shows that MTV has made there hasn't been something similar to this that would warrant a shows cancellation that they ignored.
You can read MTV's initial cancellation statement here.